Palmetto Trail - Awendaw Passage - TRAIL

Palmetto Trail - Awendaw Passage - Trail, Awendaw, Carolina

This is the Eastern terminus of the Palmetto Trail. It connects the Swamp Fox Passage to the Intercoastal Waterway via 7 miles of singletrack. The trail runs through pine woods, along the edge of a beautiful grass estuary, and across many broad rail-free bridges.

The Palmetto Conservation Foundation lists this trail as "easy", but I would personally bump it to "intermediate" on account of some rooty sections and mud gratings.

This is a nice trail. It's worth driving a distance, and for sure should be taken if you're in the area. Lowcountry trails are sometimes non-technical slogs through endless scrub pine forests and semi-swampy areas. The Awendaw Passage has more variety and interest because of the estuary. Very scenic.

User Reviews (1)

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scarch   Weekend Warrior [Dec 21, 2006]

This trail is hard to classify. Taken at the right time of day/year it's very scenic and a fun ride. Go there on a baking August afternoon and you'd better bring plenty of bug spray and a prefer your adventure with some suffering. My visit was fortunately the former type - Thanksgiving weekend with low late sun skimming across the estuary. Very sweet ride. These conditions swing this trail from a "3" to a "5", so I gave it a "4".

The mud grates are a little odd. Some of them project well above surrounding grade. Drop a wheel off and you'd be wise to keep riding off until you find a good flush spot to remount.

The bridges are fun and bike-friendly. Be a little cautious on the wet leaves that cover some.

The rooty sections are fun and can be easily cleaned, but you do have to pay attention because a lot of the roots are slippery and run close to parallel with the trail.

Bottom Line: Happen to be in the area? It would be criminal to miss this ride. If you're further away, it's worth a trip to ride Awendaw and check out the connecting Swamp Fox.

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Park and start riding at the Buck Hall Recreation Area, located approximately 30 miles north of Charleston on US 17. The entrance sign to Buck Hall will be on your right past the towns of Awendaw and Pineland.

Similar Products Used: Swamp Fox Passage of the Palmetto Trail. I have not ridden the full length (42 miles one way), so I won't post a review.
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